The partners made their intentions known in Lagos at a media briefing on Monday, February 8, 2016,during which they affirmed their commitment to building relationships that stretch beyond the commercial bottom-line to the engagement of communities to make positive impact on their lives.
During the event, Mr Peter Ndegwa, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Guinness Nigeria Plc, stated: ''At Guinness Nigeria Plc, we have a real commitment to providing safe water to Nigerian communities and have provided over 25 potable water facilities to communities across Nigeria under our Water of Life programme. The partnerships we are speaking of today are testament to that commitment. The NGOs we are working with have a proven track record for delivering highly impactful water, sanitation and hygiene programmes in Nigeria, and other countries of the world.
Their work has saved millions of lives, and created a brighter future for many. We are therefore confident that their expertise will help us improve the viability of our water and sanitation interventions, as well as the impact on beneficiaries. Furthermore, it is our hope that our partnership with these NGOs inspires other stakeholders to join in our mission to help more Nigerians have access to clean water and improved hygiene."
Concern Universal’s Country Director, Tim Connell, said the 2nd Phase II of the 'Safe Water and Improved Sanitation and Hygiene' (SWISH) programme
will provide year-round access to safe drinking water for 15 rural communities in three local government areas in Cross River State,while continuing to promote better sanitation and hygiene behaviour. He emphasized that supplying water to open defecation free (ODF) communities will have a direct positive impact on their health status. “As a result, SWISH II will seek to close the gap for Nigeria in fulfilling its national targets and to attaining the new sustainable global goals,” he stated.